Dr. Kemia Sarraf's Bio

A full-time genHkids volunteer, wife and mother of four young sons, genHkids Founder & President Kemia Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H., received her Medical Degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Master’s of Public Health from the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Dr. Sarraf served for three years on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was National Chairperson of the Organization of Student Representatives for the Association. During her tenure at the AAMC, she worked on topics ranging from NIH funding, to improving medical education and physician communication skills, to end-of-life training for physicians.

In addition to her work at genHkids, Dr. Sarraf also advocates for health through her service on a number of boards and committees including the Regional Board for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association’s Illinois Advocacy Committee, St. John’s Hospital’s Metabolic Syndrome Workgroup, the Sangamon County Medical Society Foundation, and the Illinois’ Governor’s Recess Task Force, among others.

Dr. Sarraf has worked tirelessly to make our community aware of the implications of our children’s declining health.  Medical literature clearly documents the adverse health effects of poor diets – low-quality, calorically dense and nutrient-spare foods – on America’s children.  This is compounded by physical inactivity/underactivity.

In recognition of her tireless efforts to protect and promote the health of Illinois children, Dr. Sarraf was awarded as the Illinois Medical Society Alliance’s 2011 Humanitarian of the Year.  In 2014, she was recognized as one of the “Women of Influence” by the Springfield Business Journal.

In her words, “The public health crisis that the obesity epidemic represents is unprecedented, and will be catastrophic. I believe it is incumbent upon us all — health professionals, educators, parents, and politicians — to take every imaginable step to curtail the impending health and financial crisis this epidemic will create. We must improve the ways in which we nourish our children, we must increase the amount of physical activity they get every day, and we must educate and empower them to make their own best, lifelong choices. Failure to do so is not an option – an entire generation of children is at risk.”